No Time to Spare

no time to spare

Winner of the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Related Work
Winner of the the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

Ursula K. Le Guin on the absurdity of denying your age: “If I’m ninety and believe I’m forty-five, I’m headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub.”

On cultural perceptions of fantasy: “The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is ‘escapism’ an accusation of?”

On breakfast: “Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime.”

Ursula K. Le Guin took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. In her last great frontier of life, old age, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, a forum where she shined. The collected best of Ursula’s blog, No Time to Spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”

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“When Ursula K. Le Guin died earlier this year, some obituaries referred to her as a “leading fantasy” writer, but some were smart enough to simply call her what she was: one of our greatest writers....”
— Ursula K. Le Guin’s No Time to Spare, by Yvonne C. Garrett. 

Reflecting on What Really Matters
— Lynn Alexander,

“But the trivially personal is a chief pleasure of this collection, which uses its firm footing in the concrete world to ponder an eclectic array of topics. The pages sparkle with lines that make a reader glance up, searching for an available ear with which to share them.”
— Melissa Febos, The New York Times

“Le Guin’s mindful empathy for every kind of living and non-living thing makes her a role model for the rest of us who ever tried to walk a mile in another kind of shoe… With her profound skepticism of the merits of capitalism, her à la carte Eastern spirituality, and her willingness to be disliked, she could certainly be a strong contender for Mayor of Portland.”
Who Is the Alien in Ursula K. Le Guin’s No Time to Spare? by Megan Volpert at PopMatters

In new book, Ursula K. Le Guin shares witty blog posts on ‘crabby old age’ and cats
— Mark Athitakis, USA Today

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Voice Rings Out In New Nonfiction Collection
— Jason Heller.

“Le Guin, in short, is a good essayist who would make a terrible internet controversialist. She values uncertainty, accepts disagreement—even disagreement with herself—and has never, to my knowledge, written a hot take.”
— Matthew Keeley,

“The best quickly capture the voice we’ve come to identify as Le Guin’s: wry, measured, insightful, accepting of life’s messiness while determined to act as morally as possible.”
— Michael Berry,

“...crisply written, sometimes funny, often philosophical and always opinionated.”
— Nancy Gilson, The Columbus Dispatch

“Is it an insult to Ursula K. Le Guin’s voluminous and varied body of work, or does it malign her stature as a public intellectual, if I admit that among my favorite things she has written are her stories about cats?”
— Michelle Dean, LA Times

“A year ago I argued that Le Guin deserved a Nobel Prize in literature. In fact — what a fantasy! — she ought to be running the country.”
— Michael Dirda, Washington Post

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters presents the best of Le Guin's blog: sharp-eyed, big-hearted, idiosyncratic and highly enjoyable.”
Shelf Awareness

“In 2010, at the age of 81, the acclaimed novelist Ursula K. Le Guin started a blog. Blogs never seemed a likely destination for the writer, who by then had a long career in 20th-century traditional publishing behind her. But Le Guin’s new book, No Time To Spare, which harvests a representative sample of her blog posts, feels like the surprising and satisfying culmination to a career in other literary forms.”
The New Republic

No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters...truly unexpected collection of musings on creativity, aging, politics, and the oddities of cat ownership...”
— Lauren Hubbard, at Harper's Bazaar

“Fantasy and SF author Le Guin (The Lost and the Found) mines her blog in these short, punchy, and canny meditations on aging, literature, and cats....
Publishers Weekly